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1921-S 5C (Regular Strike)

Series: Buffalo Five Cents 1913-1938

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS #:
3948
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
1,557,000
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Major Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 8,500 R-3.3 34 / 69 34 / 72
60 or Better 700 R-5.6 8 / 69 TIE 8 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 120 R-7.8 15 / 69 TIE 15 / 72 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 8,500
60 or Better 700
65 or Better 120
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-3.3
60 or Better R-5.6
65 or Better R-7.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 34 / 69
60 or Better 8 / 69 TIE
65 or Better 15 / 69 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 34 / 72
60 or Better 8 / 72 TIE
65 or Better 15 / 72 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Gerald Forsythe Collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2014:5057, $19,975

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2007:824, $40,250

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2016:5289, $15,275

1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
10 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Gerald Forsythe Collection

#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2014:5057, $19,975

#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2007:824, $40,250

#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2016:5289, $15,275

#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#10 MS65 PCGS grade
David Hall:

In circulated grades, the 1921-S is one of the rarest coins in the Buffalo nickel series. In Mint State and Gem uncirculated condition it is not quite as relatively rare, but is still very rare. In Gem condition, the rarest dates in the series are the 1918-S, 1919-S, 1920-S, 1923-S, 1924-S, 1925-S, 1926-S, and 1927-S. The 1921-S is the next rarity level as it is not quite as rare as those issues, but is very rare nonetheless. It is comparable in rarity in Gem condition to the 1919-D, 1920-D, 1925-D, 1927-D, and 1928-S. Strike is usually decent for a San Francisco Mint issue, though there are some survivors with weakly struck Buffalo's horn and tail. Luster is usually a subdued frosty look.